Death toll from US tornadoes rises to 43

RALEIGH, N.C. - Three days of violent

storms and tornadoes across the southern United States killed
at least 43 people, wrecked hundreds of buildings and downed
power lines, officials said on Sunday.

North Carolina accounted for the bulk of casualties and

property losses, with 22 people killed and more than 80 others
injured in a string of tornadoes that ripped through the state
Saturday night.